September 27–November 9, 2014
Celebrating the oddities of nature, Scary Plants provides an up-close view at strange, frightening, and even dangerous species. Discover bizarre, exotic botanicals, explore the appetite of carnivorous plants, and find out what could be lurking in your own backyard.
Four larger-than-life sculptures, custom designed and built by Columbus-based TORK, Inc. give a bugs-eye perspective of carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap and pitcher plant.
Scary Plant Demonstrations
See what happens when you touch the sensitive plant, witness a Venus fly trap feeding, and learn more about the plants in the exhibition during 20-minute demonstrations, daily at 2pm.
Activities, crafts or entertainment scheduled every weekend.
Sponsored by: The Columbus Foundation; Greater Columbus Arts Council; Ohio Arts Council
November 15, 2014–January 4, 2015
An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with elegant poinsettias and seasonal foliage, time-honored traditions like the poinsettia tree and Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of special entertainment and family activities. Learn more about events scheduled throughout the season or download a calendar.
Visit in the evening to enjoy live entertainment, hot beverages around the bonfire, and festive lighting displays throughout the Conservatory's warm and inviting plant collections. Open until 10pm on November 19, 26, 28–30, December 3, 10, 17, 19–31 and January 1–4. Closed on Thanksgiving, open 5–10pm on Christmas.
8th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Show off your creativity! Register in one of four categories – Youth, Teen, Adult or Family – by November 30 and deliver your completed entry on November 29 or November 30. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each category, and patrons select a Best of Show. All entries are displayed beginning December 2, 2014. Download a registration form and contest rules. See highlights from past competitions here.
Presented by: ThisWeek Community News; Columbus Parent
January 10–April 5, 2015
Chase away winter’s chill! Hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids provide respite from winter’s gray skies. A gallery exhibition of botanical illustration interpreting years of global botanical discovery accompanies an array of orchid displays throughout the Conservatory.
Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.
Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.
The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory.
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.
About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More